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Z1456     Federal Model 1874 Belt with a Hagner 1972 Pattern New Jersey National Guard Buckle

Description: Here is a nice M74 belt with a heavily gilted New Jersey Hagner buckle. The buckle may not have been original to this belt but fits nicely. The leather is still soft and pliable with some crazing. There are two parts on the buckle where there appears to have been an attachment at one time. I'm not sure if they were meant for a hanger strap or shoulder strap. Near the adjustor hook, there is a light maker's mark that I can't quite make out. The initials "R.D.W." are written on the inside of the rig. This set would make a nice addition to any late 1800's Indian War or Spanish American War collection.

Measures: 46" without buckle

Recovered: Surplus Stocks

Price: $195.00

Z1440     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks / Maker Marked)

Description: Here is another maker marked US waist belt plate. This one has a deep "T.J.SHEPARD" marking and a very light "BOYD & SONS" marking with only a few visible letters. This mid to late war plate has a dark patina with some verdigris highlights. The plate retains it's original shape and curvature. The hook assembly is made out of brass and is of the arrow hook variety. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder with a few small pitted areas. There is one small dot on the "U" where there is a ding.

Backmark: "BOYD & SONS/BOSTON" and "T.J.SHEPARD"

Measures: 56mm x 86mm

Recovered: Petersburg, Virginia

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Pg. 309

Price: $295.00

Z1439     Federal Regulation 1851 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is an excellent early war enlisted sword belt plate. This one still retains it's original curvature with a slight wavy. The patina is a flawless chocolate brown. The motif and tongue are integral to the buckle. This one still has the remains of the nickel-silver wreath. This variant is scarce because the wreath is positioned beneath the eagle's wing tips. O'Donnell states that this design was adopted in the fall of 1861. You can still see some of the gilt below the eagles feet where the wreath would have been.

Measures: 52mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Pg. 375

Price: $350.00

Z1438     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate with Leather Patch

Description: Here is a very nice excavated waist belt plate with the original leather patch on the back. The leather patches were originally intended to keep the lead from wearing off on the buff belts. This one still retains it's original shape and curve. The face exhibits an even brown tone with some lighter highlights. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder with some small freeze cracks here and there. The stud assembly is made out of brass.

Measures: 57mm x 88mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $325.00

Z1437     Colonel William Dalton Mann's Patented Infantry Waist Belt Plate (December 8, 1863)

Description: Here is an excellent buckle that is difficult to find. These show up in late war sites and saw limited use. This group includes the buckle and one chape. Two identical chapes would have been affixed to the belt rig in a vertical position. The top "D" ring was used to attach the Mann's patented Infantry cartridge box. The bottom "D" ring was used to attach the lower knapsack straps. The chapes are considerably longer and were riveted to the waist belt in the center. The chape measures approximately 89mm x 33mm.

Measures: 34mm x 54mm

Recovered: Petersburg, Virginia

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Pg. 541

Price: $295.00

Z1405     Volunteer Maine Militia (VMM) Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Very nice excavated plate with a great patina. This one has nearly all of the lead solder intact and still has one attachment loop on the back.

Measures: 57 mm x 88 mm

Recovered: Remington, Virginia

Price: $895.00

Z1379     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate (Rare Brass Looped Variant)

Description: Here is one that you just don't see every day. They are rare to dig and even rarer to find in non excavated condition. This is the version with the rare large brass attachment loops. This one has a nice face with some dents and waves from use. The back retains all of the lead solder. Both large brass loops are intact and upright. I have been fortunate enough to find two of these on the market. I have another listed with a better face but the hooks are matching. If only we could have the best of both worlds! I have sold a lot of rare maker marked plates, and I can tell you, this is a rare variant!

Measures: 57mm x 89mm

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $295.00

Z1326     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern (Maker Marked W.H. Smith / Brooklyn)

Description: Nice early maker marked breastplate from the Antietam area. This one has a slight wave near the edge and a few freeze cracks. The lead solder is intact and the loops are missing.

Backmark: "W.H.SMITH / BROOKLYN"

Recovered: Sharpsburg, Maryland. D.A. Collection

Price: $150.00 Sale Pending!

Z1318     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate (Rare Brass Looped Variant)

Description: Here is one that you just don't see every day. They are rare to dig and even rarer to find in non excavated condition. This is the version with the rare large brass attachment loops. This one has a beautiful face, and the back retains all of the solder. Both large brass loops are still intact and slightly bent towards the center of the plate. There are small scratches on both loops where someone tested the loops to see if they were iron. I have sold a lot of rare maker marked plates, and I can tell you, this is a rare variant!

Backmark: None

Measures: 57mm x 89mm

Recovered: Non Excavated

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell Plate 490

Price: $325.00

Z1292     Excavated Brass Sword Belt Plate Keeper

Description: Nice keeper for a sword belt plate without any bends. The outside measurement is 53.9mm and the tongue portion measures 13.15mm. No benchmark present.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $25.00

Z1287     Federal 1851 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is a nice Federal waist belt plate that dug many years ago. This plate was cleaned at one time but now has a soft patina coming back. This plate is cast brass and had an applied nickel-silver wreath applied which is now missing. This is quite common on dug examples. This one retains it's original curve and is missing the keeper.

Measures: 56 mm x 83 mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $225.00

Z1286     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another nice excavated eagle breastplate that would display well with any collection. Both of the iron loops are missing the face has a pleasing patina. There is some very slight lead loss on the back and one rust pocket on the face. While this die pattern is similar to modern day reproductions made by Yeck Manufacturing or for S&S firearms, it is a little different and is thought to have been made by Pittmann.

Measures: 64 mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $115.00 SOLD

Z1285     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another nice breastplate with a pleasing patina. The back still retains nearly all of the lead solder and a partial iron loop.

Measures: 66 mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $115.00

Z1284     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is non dug breastplate pattern that was commonly stamped by Boyd & Sons of Boston or T.J. Shepard. Unfortunately, this one isn't stamped by either and is missing both iron attachment loops. It appears this piece. There are two areas on the outer rim that have damage.

Measures: 63 mm

Recovered: Non Excavated

Price: $110.00

Z1282     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is an excavated puppy paw buckle excavated from the Schaffer Farm in Brunswick, Md. many ears ago. There is a hole through the plate near the lower part of the "U" that probably happened when the stud broke off. This plate has a nice mottled patina but is missing one stud and the main hook. This one has a slight wave to it.

Measures: 56 mm x 88 mm

Recovered: Schaffer Farm, Brunswick, Maryland

Price: $135.00 SOLD

Z1268     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle (Maker Marked)

Description: Here is a nice carbine sling buckle that was dug by a friend of mine a few years ago off of Valley Road. This one still had leather on it when it came out of the hole. This one is triple marked and is slightly wavy. This one is marked, "T.J.Shepard / US / E.Gaylord Chicopee Mass."

Measures: 51 mm x 82 mm

Recovered: Maryland Heights, MD. East Side by Matt Edwards off of Valley Road

Price: $175.00

Z1266     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle and Batwing

Description: Nice excavated carbine sling buckle and batwing from the Murfreesboro, Tennessee area. Both flippers are intact and move freely. This one has a pleasing patina and it's slightly wavy. There is a slight diggers kiss on the outer edge that was done years ago. It is already starting to obtain patina and isn't noticeable but it is mentioned for exactness.

Measures: 50 mm x 84 mm

Recovered: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Price: $125.00

Z1252     Federal 1851 Pattern Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is an excavated waist belt plate that features a fully cast eagle and wreath. This one is missing the tongue and keeper bar and is probably why it was discarded. The body of the plate is a little wavy but still retains a dug/uncleaned patina.

Measures: 49.5mm x 78mm

Recovered: Approximately 5 Miles South of Hagerstown, Maryland. Pennington Farm

Price: $145.00

Z1232     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is another dug buckle from Virginia. This one has a nice face and the studs and attachment hook are present. There is some very light lead lass in some areas.

Measures: 54mm x 85mm

Recovered: Old Union Road in Charles City County Virginia by Mark Stephens

Price: $325.00

Z1224     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice excavated US buckle. This one has a nice face and all of the attachment hooks are present on the back. This plate still retains a slight natural curve and the majority of the lead solder. There is a tad of rim damage/lead loss at the 2 O'clock position.

Measures: 58mm x 88mm

Recovered: Culpeper, Virginia

Price: $185.00

Z1223     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is another dug buckle from Antietam/Sharpsburg. This is the earlier type with the rounded studs on the back. Unfortunately, I don't know which area near Sharpsburg this one was recovered.

Measures: 54mm x 87mm

Recovered: Antietam, Maryland

Price: $150.00

Z1222     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Stud Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice early buckle from the Antietam area. This one has a nice face and retains nearly all of the lead solder. This plate was once part of a large collection of relics dug from Washington County and Frederick County Maryland. This plate is intact but slightly wavy.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Wheeler Rd. Between Keedysville, MD. and Boonsboro Md. 11/18/1990

Price: $295.00

Z1220     Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice federal waist belt plate with all of the attachment hooks. This one has a mottled brown patina on the face. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder. The plate retains its original curve. There are some rounded dents on the rim at the 7 O'clock position. They appear to have been done at the time the plate was in use.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Stones River

Price: $185.00 SOLD

Z1201     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is a carbine sling buckle that appears to have been dug in a sandy area or perhaps a fire pit. Fortunately, this one isn't bent too far out of shape like most examples. There is still one full flipper and part of another. Neither of them are movable.

Measures: 51mm x 81mm

Recovered: Chancellorsville, Virginia

Price: $65.00

Z1198     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate with both of the iron loops. This one has some small holes on the face around the neck and wing. The back retains nearly all of the solder except in one small area. The plate is flat and displays quite well. Both of the iron loops are intact but one is weaker than the other.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Chancellorsville, Virginia

Price: $135.00

Z1194     Federal 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Here is a very nice excavated cartridge box plate. This one has a nice face and is flat as a pancake. Both of the iron loops are present on the back and one is slightly bent over. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder. The face has a nice patina but there are a few shiny spots on the face.

Measures: 58mm x 88mm

Recovered: Central Virginia

Price: $175.00

Z1176     Regulation 1841 Carbine Sling Buckle

Description: Here is a nice excavated carbine sling buckle. This one is intact and the flippers are frozen in place. The middle bar is slightly bent and the outer end edges are slightly wavy.

Measures: 51mm x 85mm

Recovered: Wilderness, Virginia

Price: $95.00

Z1172     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another great excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a pleasing brown patina on the face. The back is in fantastic condition and both iron loops are still in place.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Spotsylvania Courthouse

Price: $195.00

Z1167     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a very nice dark brown patina on the face. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder and both hooks. There are a few small rust burrs around one of the hooks. Plates like these are hard to dig today!

Measures: 63mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1166     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a very nice eagle breastplate recovered from a hospital site in Cold Harbor, Va. This one still has both of the iron loops which are solid. The back retains nearly all of the lead solder and there is one rust burr in the very middle. The face has a very nice patina and the plate is flat as can be! It's getting harder and hard to find plates like this today!

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Cold Harbor / Field Hospital

Price: $195.00

Z1151     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a very nice breastplate with both of the iron loops intact. This one retains nearly all of the lead solder and the face has great detail. There is a very slight bump to the edge. There are no cracks or rust burrs on the face. This would make a great addition to any plate collection!

Backmark: None

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1147     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Here is a nice buckle excavated in the Shenandoah Valley. This one is still dirty and could be cleaned up a little more. Both of the arrow hooks and tongue are attached on the back. There is some lead solder loss around the curled edges.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 58mm x 90mm

Recovered: Kernstown, Va.

Price: $150.00

Z1143     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is perfectly flat. The back retains 99.9% of the lead solder and both hooks are intact. The hooks have rusted through the lead but are extremely sturdy. The face has very nice detail and the patina is a dark brown.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Tennessee July 1994

Price: $175.00

Z1139     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Very nice excavated US buckle. This one has the mid to late war arrow hooks on the back. The lead solder is almost fully intact. The face of the plate has a dirty patina with a few small freeze cracks. The plate is a little wavy around the edges but is rather flat. The back of the plate does have some period carving on it. This would make a great addition to any buckle collection.

Backmark: NONE

Measures: 58mm x 90mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $185.00

Z1135     Excavated Federal 1839 Pattern Waist Belt Plate (Arrow Hooks)

Description: Very nice excavated US buckle. This one has the mid to late war arrow hooks on the back. The lead solder is almost fully intact. The face of the plate has a pleasing dark patina. The plate is a little wavy around the edges but is rather flat. This would make a great addition to any buckle collection!

Backmark: None

Measures: 58mm x 92mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $195.00

Z1103     Federal Regulation 1839 Pattern US Waist Belt Plate (W.H. Smith Brooklyn)

Description: Nice excavated US buckle with a dark patina. This one is maker marked and still has some leather on the back.

Backmark: W.H. Smith / Brooklyn

Measures: 54mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Price: $395.00

Z981     New York Militia Waist Belt Plate

Description: Here is a very nice early New York panel waist belt plate. It was recovered at an unknown site in Connecticut many years ago by a local relic hunter. This one was cleaned but the patina is very nice! The tongue and attachment bar are still in place. The iron keepers have rusted off which is common on dug examples. This plate still has a little bit of gilt peaking through on the front. This plate is relatively flat but does show a little tweaks due to use. This was recovered by a digger in the Connecticut area many years ago and is fresh to the market.

Measures: 53mm x 78mm

Reference: American Military Belt Plates by O'Donnell Page 252 Plate#397

Recovered: Connecticut

Price: $395.00 

Z929     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight forward curve to the face. There is some rim loss to the front and the back has a small chunk of the lead solder missing. The iron attachment loops are missing as is common on dug examples.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z928     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another eagle breastplate. This one has some issues around the edge. A decent portion of the lead solder is still intact and the iron loops have rusted away. This one is maker marked on the back.

Backmark: BOYD & SONS / BOSTON

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $90.00

Z926     Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is another excavated eagle breastplate. This one has a slight curve but displays nicely. Most of the lead solder on the back is still present and the iron attachment loops have rusted away. There is some rim damage on this example almost the entire way around.

Measures: 65mm

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z902     Tongue from a Militia Buckle Marked "76"

Description: Here is an excellent relic from Frederick, Md. This is a massive tongue! Unfortunately the large wreath wasn't found with this tongue. The plate was recovered July 23, 1989 North of Frederick, Md. where Route 26 splits off of 15. The exact location is where the State Farm building is located today. I haven't been able to track down another buckle like it anywhere in my books. I have a strong feeling this buckle belonged to someone in the 76th New York Infantry Regiment. Based on where the plate was found I would think it would have been lost during the Maryland 1862 Campaign or during the fallback from Gettysburg. The 76th New York was in this area during both time frames. A little more research needs to be done. The left side of the belt keeper is bent forwards and needs to be straightened. The tongue area is nice with some verdigris. There is a slight shovel scrape across the face touching on the tops of both numbers and the top edge. These oddball plates are fun to research and I would bet it would be easy to track this to the 76th N.Y.I.R.

Measures: Tongue 42mm Belt Keeper 68.25mm

Recovered: North of Frederick Maryland off of Route 26 near the State Farm building.

Price: $995.00

Z871     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a nice excavated eagle breastplate. This one is missing the hooks but does have most of the lead solder on the back. It is curved quite a bit but could clean up a little nicer.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia Collection

Price: $65.00

Z870     Federal Eagle Breastplate, Regulation 1826 Pattern

Description: Here is a rough eagle breastplate. This is another out of the Fairfax, Virginia area. This one has  pleasing patina that could clean up more. Unfortunately, the hooks are missing and there is some rim loss around the edges.

Recovered: Fairfax County Virginia collection.

Price: $65.00

Z824     Regulation 1826 Pattern Eagle Breastplate

Description: Here is a very nice eagle breastplate from the Fairfax County area. This one is still dirty and could be cleaned a little more. The plate is flat and both iron attachment loops are still present on the back. Most of the lead solder still remains but is a little flaky.

Measures: 64mm

Recovered: Fairfax, Virginia Collection

Price: $165.00

Z733     Confederate Cast Brass Wreath for Two Piece Buckle

Description: Here is a well worn wreath for a two piece buckle. When this was dug, it was in three pieces and the digger tried to glue it together at one time. The outside rim measures approximately 43mm in width. The inside dimensions measure approximately 31mm x 17mm. This was recovered with a lot of other relics in the Chambersburg, Pa. area that was used as a retreat route after the battle of Gettysburg.

Recovered: Gettysburg Retreat Route, Chambersburg, Pa. area

Price: $275.00

Z235     US 1839 Pattern Cartridge Box Plate

Description: Very nice excavated cartridge box plate. The front of this plate has a dark brown patina with a few dull spots. The back of the plate retains nearly 100% of its lead solder. Both hooks are strong and still present. This plate was excavated long ago and is as flat as a pancake.

Measures: 55mm x 86mm

Recovered: Unknown

Reference: O'Donnell & Campbell, plate 505 (boxplate)

Price: $225.00

 

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